By Ian Gallagher for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 21:55 BST, 24 May 2014 | Updated: 21:36 BST, 26 May 2014
The BBC was involved in an remarkable restriction push last night after cutting the word â€˜girlâ€™ from a narrative about the District Games, dreading it might cause ‘offence’.
Broadcaster Check Beaumont, 31, kidded after being flung to the floor by a judo champion: â€˜I am not beyond any doubt I can live that down â€“ being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.â€™
His comment was communicate in full at the point when the 30-minute scene of The Queenâ€™s Cudgel Hand-off was to begin with appeared on the BBC News Channel in April.
But clearly touchy to charges of sexism, BBC administrators chosen to alter out the word â€˜girlâ€™ at the point when the program was rehashed last week, clearing out an cumbersome delay in put of the insulting word.
Asked by a watcher what had happened, Mr Beaumont tweeted: â€˜Maybe the proofreader thought it was sexist â€“ it wasnâ€™t. Iâ€™m not stressed about it.â€™
Even the judo champion involved, Cynthia Rahming, was cleared out bemused. â€˜I wasnâ€™t insulted â€“ I didnâ€™t find it sexist,â€™ she told The Mail on Sunday.
Elsewhere, it partitioned opinion, with a few Television presenters, counting Mariella Frostrup, 51, backing the BBCâ€™s stance.
She said: â€˜â€œGirlsâ€ to me is a phenomenal word since I think, â€œGirls… full of potential.â€ Be that as it may it has been utilized as a pretentious term as well.Â So I can envision why it would be controversial. The competitor may not have been affronted be that as it may the BBC has to think of the sensibilities of everyone watching.â€™
Feminist author Kathy Lette, 55, however, said: â€˜If the competitor didnâ€™t find it disquieting why ought to the BBC mount their politically redress high horse what’s more, dash off into the hypocritical sunset?â€™
The push comes two weeks after the partnership was charged of twofold models after it constrained veteran telecaster David Lowe to stop for erroneously playing an old variant of The Sun Has Got His Cap On, which highlighted the N-word.
Jeremy Clarkson, however, kept his job, at the point when he showed up to utilize the same supremacist term amid the shooting of Top Gear.
It too takes after the BBCâ€™s choice to supplant John Inverdale with Clare Going bald as its Wimbledon moderator on 5 Live following his sexist remarks about Womenâ€™s Champion Marion Bartoli last year, what’s more, the feedback of the Chief Alliance for not sacking its boss official Richard Scudamore over emails he sent containing deprecatory jokes about women.
The Queenâ€™s Cudgel Hand-off diagrams the advance of the cudgel as it visits District nations ahead of the Recreations in Glasgow in July.
Mr Beaumont, a record-breaking cyclist, interviews competitors amid the journey.
A BBC representative said that since the batonâ€™s visit was treated as a news event, the unedited rendition of the narrative was communicate before long after being filmed.
â€˜They had more time to alter it the second time,â€™ she added. â€˜Mark didnâ€™t mean to cause offence. Yet the word â€˜girlâ€™ was taken out just in case it did.â€™
Before its to start with airing, the program was seen by a legal advisor what’s more, an official to guarantee it did not break BBC guidelines.
The uncensored cut remains on the BBCâ€™s website.
In the cut from the documentary, shot in the Bahamas, Beaumont interviews Dâ€™Arcy Rahming, the head of the Bahamanian Judo Association, some time recently being given a show by his daughter, Cynthia, who is due to speak to her nation in the Games.
Within seconds the moderator closes up level on his back. After his remark about being beaten by a girl, he adds: â€˜You ought to be great â€“ youâ€™re going to the Federation Games.â€™
Beaumont was inaccessible for remark yesterday.
Former Television moderator Anthea Turner, 53, said: â€˜Itâ€™s mad. I think individuals have got to stand back, stop all this. It is just silly… We have got to be capable to have a sense of humour. I feel that there are certain issues you truly have to be delicate about, like race, yet you must be capable to have a giggle about something. The issue presently is that individuals have move toward becoming over-sensitive â€“ what’s more, the BBC has move toward becoming as well over-cautious.â€™
But Miriam Oâ€™Reilly, 57, who sued the BBC for age separation after being dropped as moderator of Countryfile, took a unique view.
She said: â€˜The reaction from Stamp Beaumont to Cynthia Rahming tossing him to the ground was to underscore his false embarrassment. He utilized the word â€œgirlâ€ since it has undertones of being more youthful what’s more, weaker. I think he quickly figured it out what he said was sexist.
â€˜He knew he was going to be tossed by Cynthia, she is a first-class sportswoman at the top of her game. He what’s more, the executive clearly thought to play up the being tossed by a â€œgirlâ€ perspective would be funny, at the point when in reality itâ€™s an illustration of easygoing ordinary sexism.â€™
By Ian Gallagher for The Mail on Sunday